North Korea’s New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Is Its Biggest Yet

War Zone – Right on cue, after declaring the United States its biggest threat and announcing it was preparing for a new round of weapons tests, North Korea presented several examples of an apparently new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) during a parade in its capital, Pyongyang.

New Evidence Suggests North Korea has a Naval Marine Mammal Program

USNI News – Evidence is emerging that the North Korean regime is training dolphins for military purposes, according to new satellite imagery.

Kim Jong Un Just Showed The World The War Machine He Built While Feinting Diplomacy

War Zone – A giant new intercontinental ballistic missile was just one of the many revelations from the remarkably well-produced showcase of authoritarian might.

Unusual Submarine Likely To Increase Threat From North Korea

Naval News – The World’s only operational conventionally powered ballistic missile submarine (SSB) may soon emerge in North Korea. The Romeo-Mod submarine, also known as Sinpo-C, was first revealed on North Korean TV on July 23 2019. It will likely be armed with three Pukguksong-3 missiles which are the hermit kingdom’s best performing. So it will, on paper, pose a serious threat to U.S. and allied targets in the region. But how real is the threat?

North Korea tests submarine-capable missile fired from sea

BBC – North Korea has confirmed it test-fired a new type of a ballistic missile, a significant escalation from the short-range tests it has conducted since May.

North Korea may have fired missile from submarine

BBC – North Korea may have fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, a move that came just hours after Pyongyang said it would resume nuclear talks with the US.

North Korea’s New Ballistic Missile Submarine Is A Refurbished Antique

War Zone – The boat is based on a dated 1950s Soviet design, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a significant development.

North Korea Could Sink a U.S. Aircraft Carrier

National Interest – Could North Korea’s armed forces sink an American aircraft carrier? Yes—depending on what type of carrier they confront, how skillfully U.S. Navy commanders employ the flattop and its consorts, how well North Korean warriors know the tactical surroundings and, most crucially, whom fortune favors in combat.

Banned Fuel Trade With North Korea Increases Need to Monitor Maritime Traffic

USNI News – With tougher United Nations sanctions now restricting the flow of oil to North Korea, the regime is taking more extreme measures to evade international scrutiny, making monitoring regional maritime traffic an even more pressing mission for U.S. intelligence and naval forces.

Images show North Korea’s ‘submarine ballistic missile programme’

BBC – North Korea is on “an aggressive schedule to build and deploy its first operational ballistic missile submarine”, according to an analysis of new satellite images by the expert website 38 North.

North Korea and Asymmetric Naval Warfare

CIMSEC – There are few detailed analyses of whether the Korean People’s Navy (KPN) – the maritime force of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – could employ asymmetric warfare to counter the technological superiority of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and its US allies.

North Korea faked sub-launched missile test footage

Reuters – Footage of a North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test released by Pyongyang two days after it announced it had conducted the country’s fourth nuclear test last week was faked, according to an analysis by a California-based think tank.

North Korea Conducts Successful Submarine Missile Test

Washington Free Beacon – North Korea’s military carried out a successful ejection test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile recently, an indication that an earlier test failure has not derailed the underwater missile program.

North Korea’s Ongoing Massive Submarine Deployment Is Worrisome

Foxtrot Alpha – After what was seemingly a three week march toward war between North and South Korea, which ended in an agreement followed by handshakes, smiles and supposedly a draw-down in both sides war-time footing, one question still remains — where is the majority of North Korea’s submarine fleet?

Seoul detects 50 North Korean subs leaving bases

Korea Times – Fifty North Korean submarines have left their bases since Saturday, hours before high-level inter-Korea talks took place at the truce village of Panmunjeom the same day.

North Korea ‘test-fires submarine-launched missile’

BBC – North Korea says it has successfully tested a submarine-launched missile, which if confirmed would be a significant boost in its arsenal.

North Korean Navy – North Korea’s Sea-Based Deterrent

USNI News – Recent reports that North Korea is developing submarines based on obsolete Golf-II class Soviet-era submarines has gained worldwide attention. However obsolete, it is reported that North Korea had invested its time in “examining and replicating” the missile-launch system of the Soviet-era subs. Hence, these submarines would be able to fire ballistic missiles. In fact, reports confirm that Pyongyang already is developing a vertical-launch system for submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). Raising further concerns about that is the fact that North Korean ballistic missiles could be armed with nuclear warheads.

North Korean Navy – North Korea’s Asymmetric Submarine Doctrine

The Diplomat – While North Korean submarines may be technologically dated, its access denial strategy can still be effective.

North Korean Navy – New NKorea warships seen in satellite images

AP – Recent satellite images show two new North Korean frigates, the largest surface combat ships the nation’s navy has constructed in a quarter-century.

North Korean Navy – North Korea scraps South Korea military safeguard pact

BBCNorth Korea scraps South Korea military safeguard pact

North Korea has announced it will scrap an agreement aimed at preventing accidental naval clashes with South Korea, amid rising tensions over the sinking of a South Korean warship.

North Korean Navy – 'North Korean torpedo' sank South's navy ship – report

BBC‘North Korean torpedo’ sank South’s navy ship – report

A North Korean submarine’s torpedo sank a South Korean navy ship on 26 March causing the deaths of 46 sailors, an international report has found.

EconomistTheir number is up

Evidence that North Korea torpedoed the Cheonan puts it—and China—on the spot.

North Korean Navy – Four Reasons North Korea Won't Stop Being a Pain in the World's Ass

EsquireFour Reasons North Korea Won’t Stop Being a Pain in the World’s Ass

Thomas P.M. Barnett writes that this week’s tests were a local propaganda success gone globally awry, and a foreign-policy expert has bad news for us: The totalitarian, war-crime-worthy Pyongyang government and its cult of personality aren’t going away anytime soon — unless, of course, Obama calls Kim Jong-Il’s bluff.